Yes the headline does read correctly, there are still tough games to be played in the SEC.
Although the conference is having a down year there are still some schools that have talented players and decent teams. The Florida Gators are obviously one of those schools but as they come off their first SEC loss of the season last week to Arkansas, they don’t have much time to worry about it.
Fortunately they already bounced back in their first game since the loss, beating Mississippi State 83-58, but now they embark on a tough stretch in their 2013 SEC schedule. Facing the Gators in the next two weeks is a home game Tuesday taking on newly ranked No. 25 Kentucky and then a two game road trip to Auburn and Missouri.
Now, it may not seem that tough to the rest of the country but there are some opportunities for the Gators to stumble if they are not careful and focused. We saw what happened to them last week when they had an off night against Arkansas so it can happen in any given game. Obviously the injury to Will Yeguete, their top interior defensive player, for the season does not help the Gators moving forward through the rest of their schedule but they have enough talent to overcome his loss.
Kentucky is starting to come together and play solid basketball, which is good for the SEC but scary for the rest of the teams in the conference. Arkansas proved that they have some talent to beat the likes of Florida and then there’s Missouri, a team that has too much talent to be where they are at this point in the season.
Florida definitely has their work cut out for them tomorrow night, after falling to No. 7 in the latest AP Poll, but they should be up to the challenge.